Effective June 21, 2021, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect public health, all members of the public entering the court are subject to the following:
• All vaccinated members of the public entering the court, including law enforcement, attorneys, parties, and vendors, will no longer be required to wear a face covering while inside a courthouse. The act of entering the courthouse without a mask will be considered self-attestation to the fact that they have been vaccinated.
• All unvaccinated members of the public entering the court, including law enforcement, attorneys, parties, and vendors, must wear face coverings for the purpose of covering their mouth and nose at all times when entering the public areas of any court building, including courtrooms, or wherever the Court is conducting official business. Face Superior Court of California County of Orange June 18, 2021 coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.
• Social distancing of at least six feet (6’) shall no longer be enforced in courthouses, courtrooms, and public areas.
• Judicial officers who have been vaccinated will no longer be required to wear a face covering while inside a courthouse.
• Judicial officers who have not been vaccinated must wear face coverings while on the bench and when in the public areas of any court building, and at all times when interacting with other individuals, including Court employees. Unvaccinated judicial officers may remove the mask while alone in their chambers and when eating and drinking with other individuals provided social distancing requirements are being met.
• Unvaccinated individuals who are not wearing a mask will be provided one upon entry to the courthouse. Unvaccinated individuals unwilling to wear a face mask will be denied entry to the building. Unvaccinated individuals who remove their masks after entering the building will be reminded of this requirement. If compliance is refused, services may not be provided, and the person may be asked to leave the court building immediately. Children under the age of three are exempt from this Order.
• For unvaccinated individuals with disabilities who seek an exemption from this Order as a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act or California Rules of Court, rule 1.100, please contact the Court’s ADA site coordinator at http://www.occourts.org/general-info/ or at ADAInformation@occourts.org.
This Order will remain in effect until 30 days after the Governor declares that the State of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, or until amended or repealed.
Click here for the official amended administrative order.